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Metroid Prime (GCN) - 1:03 - Besmir Sheqi


Published 2007


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Speed run of Metroid Prime in 16 segments, completed on April 9 2007. Available in six versions: low/normal quality DivX, and normal/high/insane/low quality H.264 MPEG-4.

Author's comments:
This is my most intensive run ever. i can for sure say that i did my best. I started it right after my hard mode runs and i knew it would be very difficult. I wasn't sure if i could beat kip since kip's run was a masterwork and not a lot has changed route-wise or strat-wise since kip's 1:04 but i still wanted to give it a shot and the most thing i was basing my hopes on was the meta-ridley's fly-by skip (segment 15) which can save about 22 seconds. Unfortunately kip's run was very very close to 1:05 (it was a 1:04:59) so that made it more difficult for me to beat his run and i needed to be at least 60 seconds faster than kip to beat his time.

So i knew that 22 seconds shaved off by the ridley fly-by skip was not enough to beat 1:04. There was still 38 seconds to improve throughout the run and at least i tried to fix the little mistakes that kip did in his run but that was still not enough. i had to throw in every new speed trick ( i.e. every dash jump, bomb jump etc.) that i knew about to get at least 60 seconds faster than kip and of course the ridley fly-by skip was the most time saving trick. Later i figured that i was obliged to get at least 1:03:59 or else my run (all the patience, time, and energy that went into this) would be for nothing and i got under pressure. It turned out to be very stressful and it wasn't even funny.

Ridley was a pain, ridley's fly-by skip was very random and it was so rare. I managed to get the fly-by skip twice in my segment attempts but nerves messed up my segment and i ruined the ridley battle when ridley attempted his nasty dash attacks so i couldn't finish the segment. When i got the fly-by skip for the 3rd time in my segment attempt i was lucky enough so i could finish the segment and save in impact crater. I think it's safe to say that this was the hardest segment of this run. It kept me a few weeks from progress. When i got to ridley i was about 47 seconds faster than the 1:04 and i knew only with the fly-by skip i could get 1:03 so finally it was worth doing the fly skip and i was in impact crater more than 1 minute faster than kip.

The last part was quite good especially subchamber 3 and subchamber 4 was very fast, imo only subchamber 2 was decent but even it was good enough to accept it (since subchamers 3 and 4 are very hard and rare to do it fast so i was very lucky on subchamers 3 and 4). And prime's 2nd form was also a really good and fast fight. i was also very lucky on prime's 2nd form. During the second form battle i found something that was new to me: i figured when i place myself under him before he makes a pool it would induce him to stay close to me when i shoot him so i can cause more damage. That made it easier for me to be successful on the final part.

I think the biggest wrong decision that i made was that i didn't collect the ice spreader and some extra missile expansions. With a faster prime fight it wouldn't have been that difficult for me to beat 1:04:00. Though i'm not sure about that as it would take some time to collect all the various missile expansions and the ice spreader throughout the run and after ridley it would take some time to go to the missile refill in phazon core and i dunno if a 15 second faster prime battle could remove the cost. I simply got the same item collection as kip in his 1:04. I got 29%.

Finally i was very happy that i got 1:03 and beat the legendary 1:04. It's as if the game rewarded me for my effort i put into this run. I am very pleased with this 1:03. I timed it being at least a 1:03:54 which is 1 minute and 5 seconds faster than kip's 1:04:59. Though i'm not sure about that timing since it was also timed a 1:03:50 which would be 1 minute and 9 seconds faster than kip's 1:04:59. And i'm not sure whether it's a 1:03:50 or a 1:03:54. Nobody knows the accurate time, there's no way to time it perfect. I can for sure say that my run is at least 60 seconds faster than kip's 1:04. That's why it was not easy for me to beat the 1:04 because it was so damn close to 1:05 so i had to take at least 1 whole minute off. For the beatability of this run. I'm not saying what anyone else can get. I don't think " I" can get 1:02.

I would like to thank kip for his previous 1:04 whose run was a great help for me and the guideline for this run. Further i would like to thank Stefan van Dijke for his PAL 1:09 whose run brought a great number of new minor speed tricks. Most of all i would like to thank Sparky who gave me tips, advice and answers to my questions. Without them i wouldn't have been able to break the 1:04 mark.

Finally thanks to nate and Radix for capturing it and uploading it and giving me the space for this record on SDA. I hope you'll enjoy and like my run 'cause i did my best and i hope you will see something new in it.


Run time 1:42:21
Producer Besmir 'zoid' Sheqi
Audio/Visual sound, color

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Captured by <a href="http://nate.metroid2002.com/blog/">Nate</a>.

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